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Author event--Jennifer Cody Epstein, Joanna Hershon, and Hillary Jordan






Last night I went to a book reading at the Housing Works Bookstore. Located on Crosby Street in SoHo, its a used bookstore associated with the Housing Works thrift stores that uses its proceeds to contribute towards fighting AIDS. The bookstore itself is one of the coolest bookstores I’ve ever been in, with a half-level upstairs with a spiral staircase, and a cafĂ© at the back.

Three authors read from their work, then answered a few questions and signed their books. It was an evening of historical fiction; the authors were Jennifer Cody Epstein (author of The Painter From Shanghai, about a Chinese post-Impressionist painter), Joanna Hershon (The German Bride, about a German Jewish woman in Santa Fe in the 1860s), and Hillary Jordan (Mudboud; about the Mississippi Delta after WWII). After they read, the authors talked a little bit about where they got their inspiration from, and about their writing processes. As a writer myself, its always interesting to hear how other writers write.

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